The Plateau State Primary Health Care Board will soon flag-off the distribution of mosquito treated nets against the scourge of malaria in the state.
While addressing newsmen on Tuesday, the Executive Secretary of the board, Dr. Livinus Miapkwap called on journalists in the state to sensitise citizens on the importance of mosquito treated nets.
While thanking the governor for approving the N126 million counterpart funding, Mr Miapkwap assured that all processes leading to the net distribution would be done transparently.
According to the board, the state government made efforts to eliminate malaria, with support from the United State, through the US President’s Malaria Initiative which is set to distribute 2.5 million treated mosquito nets.
It disclosed that registration of households will commence February 1 to 9, while distribution will begin on the February 23, at 1003 designated centers across the state.
Mr Miapkwap, however, emphasized that the programme will only succeed with the contribution of the media.
Farooq Auwal of Demand Creation Consult, said: “Nets meant for a particular local government, will be tracked, each local government has its own code.”
“We have strategies to talk to religious leaders and community leaders to help us educate their members on the importance of the net usage,” he said.